Tugendat participated in a conservative leadership race despite losing votes in the second round


After barely surviving Thursday’s second round of field voting, Conservative leader Tom Tagendat said he would stay in the race.

Tugendat received 32 votes from his colleagues and the lowest of the remaining five candidates, but the former soldier never refused the challenge because the odds opposed him. “I’m not going to start now,” he added.

“We need to scrutinize the candidates and our ideas,” said Tugendat, attending all three debates on television on Friday, Sunday and Monday.

Prosecutor Surah Braverman is the third candidate to be knocked out of the race after Prime Minister Nadim Zahawi and former Health Minister Jeremy Hunt have been eliminated in the first round of voting on Wednesday, with only 27 votes. became.

Former Prime Minister Rishi Sunak continues to be the pioneer of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s successor, with an increase of 13 votes from the previous day and 101 votes.

Trade policy minister Penny Mordaunt is back in second place, with the support of 16 Conservative lawmakers from the previous day.

Foreign Minister Liz Truss took another 14 votes and finished third with 64 votes.

Former Minister of Equality Chemi Badenoch came in fourth with 49 supporters.

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Conservative leadership election: Two votes. (PA media)

Johnson was forced to resign on July 7, after a series of scandals caused an avalanche of government resignations.

Tagendat, who did not play a role in the government, argues that his position as an outsider would give the Conservatives a “clean start.” This is the tagline for his campaign.

“We need to regain confidence in our politics. I will open my vision for Britain to the public at a television debate next week.

There was a suggestion that Badenoch and Braverman might have been pressured to integrate their campaign with the truss, but Badenoch said she would stay in the race.

After winning another nine votes on Thursday, Badenoch wrote on Twitter: Thank you for your support.

“It’s time for change, and I look forward to continuing that claim in the television debate,” she said.

Braverman said she was the only “real Brexiter” and had to weigh the pros and cons of the rest of the candidates before choosing a candidate to support, after she was eliminated. Refused to support the person.

Three debates on television among the five candidates will take place on Channel 4 on Friday, ITV on Sunday, and Sky on Monday.

Conservative lawmakers will vote a third time on Monday, with more votes as needed, to create two finalists by July 21st.

Later, a wider range of Conservative members will choose the winner by September 5, and Johnson will formally ask the Queen for permission to resign the next day.

Lily Chow


Lily Zhou is a freelance writer who mainly covers the British news of The Epoch Times.